It all began with the idea to have Addie’s first birthday party with a Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom! theme. Letters were everywhere (you can check it out HERE). Initially we had looked to have a magnet board all set up, but what we ended up with was too heavy to hang where we’d liked- so we passed up on it for the party and we put it in the basement until we could figure it out.
One afternoon, while I was cleaning, I pulled the board up the stairs and started to play with all the letters- clearing off the fridge of Addie-toys, and moving it to her own magnet space. The board is amazing and perfect as an afternoon distraction, for teaching everything from colors and the alphabet, to spelling and reading. Keeping the board right outside of the kitchen is great because it gives me a safe space to cook and keep Addie still close by.
The rule: Measure twice cut once, is inaccurate. Measure (at least) 4 times because you can only cut once!
So how did we do it?
1. Measuring our flashing, we cut three even strips. Because it is rolled, we laid our sheets out to flatten a bit before proceeding.
2. To put the strips together, we built a frame using plastic moulding that we slid the strips into and held in place with caulk- though time consuming, try to hold your pieces together with the moulding, one-at-a-time to avoid pieces slipping out of place.
3. Let your frame work dry- completely.
4. To strengthen your board, make a plywood backing and attach the framing- placing a heavy object over the board as it dries to make sure all edges adhere.
5. ENJOY! We use our board just propped up against a wall and let Addie play with magnets- making games with letters, colors, capital/lowercase letters, and organizing in numbers and sequence.